Managing thoughts, feelings & outer world
Above you find the Dutch version of the short course 'Mindfulness for family members of people living with dementia'. The English version is expected in April 2021.
The most common misconception about Mindfulness is that it is 'emptying your mind'. Firstly, if you think about this, it is impossible. Secondly, if you think about what that would mean, it is actually somewhat scary: what good would come of an empty mind? Mindfulness is just being aware of things that occur inside of you. What are you thinking? What are you feeling? How do these influence your behavior?
As a mindfulness practitioner it is my job to listen, to ask many questions and then to show you an alternative way of responding to thoughts and feelings.
Below you find a video of a talk that I gave at the beginning of the pandemic. It was for Alzheimer's Disease International so there is some focus on people with dementia, but it can be applied to everyone.